Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Mallo Cups - Give Vintage D-List Candy Some Love

Mallo Cup - JoAnn Fabrics 

Are any of you watching The Boys on Amazon Prime? (It's pretty popular, so I bet some of you are.) Anyway, episode 4 has a segment where Annie and Hughie are talking about their top 3 favorite candy-bars of all time, and (spoiler alert) Annie's got some pretty odd-ball picks: Charleston Chew, Bit-o-Honey, and Mounds. Hughie instantly picks on her for liking, what he calls, the worst candy bars of all time, but whomever wrote that scene...you have a special place in my heart. I haven't felt that connected to a food-related moment in television since the anti-red-velvet rant on Orange is the New Black. It was just...perfect. 

All three of those candy bars, especially Charleston Chew, are my guilty pleasure candy picks. You know, the ones the other food blogs will make fun of you for so you don't post them on social media. Something all three of those candies have in common is they're all pretty retro, and speaking of disrespected retro candy...ever have a Mallo Cup?

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Sweet and Salty Cinnamon Sugar Sensation

Cinnamon Pretzel Pop-Tarts  - Shop Rite
Safe to say it has been a ROUGH couple of months. I am slowly putting my life back together and one of the pieces of that puzzle is getting back into writing reviews. Right now I am aiming for posting on Tuesdays and Thursdays with a few YouTube videos when I can. Let's see how this goes!
As always, I have a pretty decent backlog to work through, which is good because with all this COVID stuff I am trying to stay house-bound as much as possible, so let's kick things off with a Pop-Tart! 

Monday, September 14, 2020

Battle of the "Booch"

GT Watermelon Wonder and Lidl's Organic Spring Fling Kombucha 
 - from Lidl

I live for the summer, but I also adore Halloween, so I find myself feeling very conflicted when the season starts to change, and it's hitting me harder this year than ever before. On one hand, the days get shorter, and the temperature drops, so no more sun and tank tops, but there's Halloween candy and spooky decor to look forward to, which warms my black little heart. 

Why can't there be a real Summerween, like in Gravity Falls? It's like it was custom made for me!

Anyway, I spotted these watermelon themed kombucha flavors at Lidl and thought they would be a fun foodie send off for the dumpster-fire that was summer 2020.

Thursday, September 10, 2020

M&M's, Trying to Score Some Brownie Points

Fudge Brownie m&m's

I'm not really sure what to expect here, I mean, fudge brownies are more of a textural experience than anything else, right? They taste like chocolate, ideally fudgey chocolate, but chocolate none-the-less. How are you going to take an already chocolate based candy and make that taste like a chocolate brownie? It's the texture, right? So let's see what's inside this thing!

Like most of the filled m&m's, these are a bit larger than normal and they're irregular in size and shape. I decided to give my first impression eating it normally, then savoring it, then trying the center on it's own (if I can manage it.) 

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

This Mineral Water is my Beer


S. Pellegrino Essenza, Dark Morello Cherry and Pomegranate - Lidl

Another thing Lidl has going for it is their well stocked beverage case with lots of ready-to-grab single beverages spanning from sodas, to juices, to kombucha and more! Aldi does offer refrigerated single beverages, but the options are pretty limited. (It's mostly a handful of kombucha flavors and Classic Coca-Cola.)

It was a hot day, so I thought I would treat myself to a few fancy beverages to review! First up, this fancy bubbly water with it's incredibly long name! 

Friday, September 4, 2020

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

What Rhymes with Rhubarb?

Cawston Press Rhubarb  - Aldi

Rhubarb is not something I grew up eating. In fact, I didn't even know it existed until one day when my uncle's neighbor brought over a strawberry and rhubarb pie that I absolutely fell in love with. It looks like pink celery, but tastes tangy and sour. It blew my tiny little mind.

I have a hard time finding rhubarb and rhubarb-flavored-things, so when I do spot it it's an automatic "in-the-cart" item. 

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

All Caps Worthy?

Canada Dry BOLD Ginger Ale  - Shop Rite

I bought this a while ago, so it's not all that "NEW" anymore, but still, I was excited to see just how bold this ginger ale could be. 

Something about the label design puts me at unease. It looks aged, but in a bad way. It isn't as if they were attempting a vintage-vibe, it's more like this looks like a 2-Liter of soda your grandma had hoarded away in the basement for too long and finally decided it's time to bring it up for a family party. Does that make sense to anyone else? That's what the color choices and labeling says to me, basement-grandma-soda, and while that isn't a terrible thing, it certainly isn't all that great either. 

Safe to say, I definitely didn't buy this for the packaging or the aesthetics. I bought this because, as an adult, I have a newfound appreciation for bold, spicy, ginger beverages. Jamaican ginger beer? Spicy Jin+Ja? Yes, please! That said, I had high hopes that this was going to be as bold as the all CAPS label promised.